In Colorado, cake artist Jack Phillips declined to bake a specialty cake for a same-sex wedding. Why? Well, Jack Phillips is a Christian and the “what would Jesus do” question is real for him. That leads us to ask what Joy Behar asked Jack Phillips during an episode of The View last month. “Would Jesus have baked the cake?”
Phillips and his attorney contended that Jesus would not have baked the cake. Joy Behar insisted that she was speaking for Jesus and declared that He would have.
In order to answer the question, “Would Jesus bake the cake?” we have to know Jesus. Not just any Jesus or some genie-Jesus, but the real Jesus.
When Jack Phillips says he cannot bake a cake because of his sincerely held religious beliefs, those beliefs are based on something. And in this case, those beliefs are based on Someone.
So, would Jesus have baked the cake?
Which leads to the follow-on question, “Why not?” Because Jesus always does the will of the Father. He literally — and I mean literally — never does anything apart from the will of the Father. Jesus cannot be separated from Who He is (fully God, fully man) which means He and the Father are one — one mind, one will, one redemptive plan, one Spirit, etc.
Some might protest, saying, “But Jesus loves people and Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. Isn’t that proof that He liked to celebrate other people’s joy?” First, yes, Jesus loves people but Jesus also hates sin.
(Photo above:YOUTUBE/”THE VIEW” — Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, on “The View” in New York City, June 29, 2017.)
The Left (PCUSA/ACLU) defines “freedom of religion” in the 1st amendment as strictly freedom of individual worship, period. One’s personal faith or one’s options and actions influenced by faith stops at the front door of the church or house of worship. So in the PCUSA/Left universe of course a “Christian” baker or photographer would facilitate or serve a LGBTQ wedding or event, simply because, again in their world view, his or her personal faith has no bearing or voice in the public arena. Or their personal faith or confession has no bearing on external public behaviors.
They posit the public square or space as this vast secularized , pluralistic, faith-less vacuum, like a modern day France, where folks do or do not go to church, and more or less live and exist in some libertarian, relativistic moral universe. So in this sense the concept of withholding services to a customer based upon faith or confessional standards simply does not compute for them, and constitutes some grave personal violation of a perceived right in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
But let’s be frank, in the Left/PCUSA world that is a one way street. Their eternal quest for “social justice” to them allows them all sorts of freedoms of intimidation, march, yell, stomp their feet, boycotts, threats of violence, bulling to chill and intimidate their opponents. The so called cake wars of the LGBTQ is nothing more than one fight in the ongoing culture war the Left/PCUSA wages against those whom they hate, conservative or evangelical Christians who would see their vocation or business an extension of their faith and confessional life. The fact the PCUSA/ACLU would not bat an eye if the baker or florist in question were Muslim or Mormon tells you everything you need to know.
Would Jesus bake them a cake? Ahhh, no.
Mr. Gregory—You mischaracterize the left’s attitude and opinion on the First Amendment. You also misrepresent the PCUSA. While you may disagree, you certainly misunderstand. Your type of logic allowed Jim Crow to flourish, delayed implementation of civil right laws and fosters demonization of minorities—whether religious or of sexual minority. The First Amendment deals with the government establishing a religion. The baker in question runs a public business. To allow him to discriminate on the basis of his perceived and warped views on religion is to allow hatred and bigotry in the public place. It is unconstitutional and certainly un-American.